Zagreb Mayor and 15 others indicted

Croatia's anti-corruption agency USKOK has issued an indictment against Zagreb Mayor Milan Bandic and 15 other persons and two companies suspected of murky dealings in the case dubbed Agram, the first in a number of cases against the person who has been at the helm of Zagreb for more than 12 years.

Bandic and the others are indicted for abuse of position and powers, influence peddling, tax evasion, customs fraud, obstruction of evidence, forging official or business documents, inciting or procuring others to commit perjury, the Chief State Prosecutor's Office said on its website.

Bandic is charged with making illegal transactions in doing business with the CIOS company, owned by Petar Pripuz who is also indicted, and the Bramgrad Projekt company, owned by Branko Mihaljevic. USKOK also indicts Bandic for damaging the city and the state budget with the contentious financing of his presidential campaign in 2009.

The mayor is also charged with influence peddling while allegedly having unlawfully hired personnel in the City Administration and the Zagrebacki Holding company. Bandic is also accused of having used official vehicles for his private purposes.

Among those 15 accused are executives in companies owned by the city of Zagreb.

Last update: Thu, 24/12/2015 - 00:30

More from Croatia

Dalic presents gov't action plan to Zadar entrepreneurs

The government's action plan to relieve enterprises of red tape introduces more than a hundred measures designed to...

EBRD seeks consultant to improve governance of Croatian state-owned enterprises

The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) has invited expressions of interest in the provision of...

Eurostat: Croatia's public debt down for third consecutive quarter

Croatia's public debt at the end of September 2016 was HRK 289.1 billion, 1.2 billion less than at the end of...

Croatia's registered unemployment rate rises to 14.8% in Dec 2016

The registered unemployment rate in Croatia rose to 14.8% in December 2016, increasing for the third month in a row...

Croatia presents investment opportunities to Alibaba

Representatives of the Chinese online company Alibaba are considering the Zadar area in Croatia as a location for...